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Rangers boss Smith lauds loan ranger Weiss as Motherwell are swept aside

Manager Walter Smith paid tribute to Vladimir Weiss after his man-of-the-match performance helped Rangers claim an emphatic 4-1 win at Motherwell.

The victory was their first in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park in almost four years and allowed the Scottish champions to remain in pole position in the title race.

The Slovakian’s efforts did not go unnoticed by Smith, who said: “He played very well and we are delighted about that. I thought he did very well.

“He's a young man and when you are in a situation like that when you're on loan from another club, it's always awkward for a young player to handle the situation overall.

“But he has been doing that for us and he has been showing bits of some real skill. He's had a little bit of a struggle for consistency but that happens to all players of that type.

“He was excellent today and I'm delighted for him. He's been on loan from his own club on a few occasions now and he is looking to get a bit of stability.

“He plays on the wider area of the pitch and I'm never sure if that's his best position but that's where he has mainly been playing for us.

“He has shown some skill and maybe lacked consistency but that can come from not having the amount of football that he would have liked over the last two or three seasons.

“He has an opportunity to play here and he has been involved far more for us than he has been in the other places. I'm delighted to see him playing in the manner in which he did.”

The only negative for Rangers was the sight of Steven Naismith limping out of the action shortly before half-time with a hamstring strain.

He is now rated doubtful for the midweek visit to St Johnstone but it is too soon to tell whether he will be available for next weekend's Old Firm derby.

Smith said: “He just felt his hamstring. I think it was coming from the base of his back so we will just have to wait and see how it is but I don't think it's too bad.

“I would say he would certainly be doubtful for Wednesday's game but any further than that, I'm not sure.”

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